Van Dijk consoles referee after Germany’s match.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has explained why he consoled the referee after his side’s 2-2 draw with Germany.
The Liverpool star scored late on as Oranje recovered from 2-0 down to earn a point which secured their place in the finals of the UEFA Nations League.
Once the full-time whistle sounded at the Veltins Arena on Monday evening, Van Dijk consoled Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.
And Van Dijk has since revealed the reason for the beautiful gesture was because the official had recently lost his mother.
In quotes reported by Voetbal International, he said: “He told me his mum recently passed away. He broke down and started crying.
“I consoled him and told him he refereed well.